Vietnam, Tanzania set to bolster ties

Vietnam and Tanzania on March 29 inked agreements on visa exemptions and the establishment of a diplomatic consultancy mechanism.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) receives Tanzanian PM Mizengo Peter Pinda in Hanoi March 29 (Photo: VNA)

The signing of an agreement on visa exemptions, which applies to holders of diplomatic and official passports, and a memorandum of understanding on diplomatic consultancy took place following talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Tanzanian counterpart Mizengo Peter Pinda in Hanoi the same day.

During the talks, PM Dung hailed PM Pinda’s visit to Vietnam as a manifestation of the two countries’ traditional political ties, especially at a time when they are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

The Vietnamese government leader showed his delight with developments in bilateral cooperation and praised the achievements the Tanzanian people have made in their cause of national construction.

He asserted that Vietnam treasures the strengthening and promotion of ties with traditional friends in Africa, including Tanzania, and is willing to share its experiences, particularly in dealing with agriculture and poverty reduction, with the African country.

The Tanzanian PM said he was happy with the visit to Vietnam and underscored his country’s desire to bolster and promote its traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam.

He especially mentioned the bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture, health and education, as it would aid his country in accomplishing the Millennium Goal of eradicating poverty initiated by the United Nations.

PM Mizengo Peter Pinda expressed interest in Vietnam’s experiences in fighting malaria and in the production of anti-malarial drugs and the desire to learn from the Southeast Asian country in the field.

The Tanzanian PM took the occasion to invite PM Dung to visit his country. He also expressed his hope to receive Vietnamese businesses to seek investment opportunities in his country.

At the end of talks, the leaders witnessed the hand-over of Vietnamese –made agricultural tractors as gifts to the Tanzanian side.

The same day, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh received the visiting Tanzanian PM, who said he had admiration for Vietnam ’s gains in its renovation process, especially in agriculture and poverty reduction.

He reiterated his wish to beef up their friendship, solidarity, and cooperation, with a focus on agriculture, healthcare and education.

For his part, Party General Secretary Manh spoke highly of what has been done by the Revolutionary State Party (CCM), Government and people of Tanzania to promote socio-economic development, maintain political stability and security, improve the people’s living conditions and develop their country prosperously.

He said he hoped the CCM would achieve a great victory at the upcoming general election so it might continue to lead the Tanzanian people to successfully implement the “Vision 2025” plan that it, together with the Tanzanian Government, has set forth.

Manh emphasised that the Party, State and people of Vietnam will continue to boost friendship and cooperation with the CCM, the State and the people in the interests of their people and of peace, cooperation and development.

Source: VNA

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